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Turkish Airlines Expands Istanbul Lounge

Turkish Airlines Expands Istanbul Lounge

Turkish Airlines’ newest addition to guest comfort is its expanded and refurbished lounge at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul. Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul, already a world-class facility, has added another 2,400 m2 to its existing 3,500 m2, increasing the size by over 40% in order to meet the needs of growing passenger numbers. The expanded lounge adds a second floor to the existing space and connects them with a spiral staircase that integrates a global sphere, representing the worldwide reach of Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines Istanbul Lounge 1

The new addition creates additional space and increases the capacity of the lounge to over 1,000 guests. The existing facility, which included a children’s playground, library, billiards area, prayer room and teleconference section, has seen an expansion of the rest and shower space as well as additional massage beds. The enhanced lounge caters to virtually every passenger need – whether that is to sit quietly or find activities that help to pass the pre-flight time. The lounge concept provides a wide range of activities and services that will bring additional satisfaction to customers with diverse requirements.

The lounge is operated by Turkish Airlines’ catering partner, Turkish Do&Co. Meals and snacks are provided as appropriate to the time of day and many items are cooked on site to ensure maximum flavour and freshness. Equally varied is the selection of beverages that provide something for every passenger’s needs.

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Lounge 2

The lounge combines modern and traditional design, a space able to provide traditional Turkish hospitality in a setting that offers the most modern conveniences, such free wi-fi access throughout the lounge.

The spiral staircase connects the two sections of the lounge and its design represents the connectivity that Turkish Airlines provides to its global customer base. It incorporates a tea garden reminiscent of those found in Istanbul and provides an experience similar to places in the city where residents and visitors can enjoy a Turkish tea and bagel.

If you wish to have heartier fare or wish to learn a bit about Turkish cuisine, the lounge provides unique tastes of Turkish and world dishes with a twist not found in other airline lounges. For example, it includes pastries prepared according to the recipes from Vienna’s famous pastry shop, Demel. There is also a local corner where chefs prepare regional Turkish delicacies that appeal to the eye and the taste buds under a classically designed copper range hood – including ‘Mantı’ and ‘Gözleme’. In another corner guests can sample famous specialties such as ‘Turkish Pide’ and ‘Börek’, newly roasted in its special oven. Plus, throughout the lounge there are offerings of fruit, salads, appetisers and nuts as part of Turkish hospitality.

For those wishing a bit more excitement, there is a miniature model of Istanbul through which guests may experience a virtual car rally as well as other game consoles and electronic diversions. In keeping with Turkish Airlines’ ongoing support of golf related events as ‘Turkish Airlines Open’, the lounge includes a realistic golf simulator for passengers interested in trying their skills while awaiting a flight.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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